Monday, November 24, 2014

The 1975: Robbers

I'm just going to leave this here: The 1975 - Robbers (I'd embed, but Vevo's a jerk).

For any like-minded angst lovers who haven't yet met The 1975.

Or even if you have. Let's be friends.

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Matty Healy The 1975 Robbers Music Video Screen Grab Matty Healy The 1975 Robbers
Matty Healy The 1975 Robbers Music Video Screen Grab Matty Healy The 1975 Robbers
Matty Healy The 1975 Robbers Music Video Screen Grab Matty Healy The 1975 Robbers
Matty Healy The 1975 Robbers Music Video Screen Grab Matty Healy The 1975 Robbers
Matty Healy The 1975 Robbers Music Video Screen Grab Matty Healy The 1975 Robbers
Matty Healy The 1975 Robbers Music Video Screen Grab Matty Healy The 1975 Robbers

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Outlander: Jamie Takes A Beating (Or Two...)

Oh, Outlander. I love you. And Season 2!! Huzzah! (I probably shouldn't use huzzah. I don't want to frighten off any sexy eighteenth century Highlanders that may be near by.) 

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Jamie Jamie Jamie. First of all, Sam Heughan is just so brilliantly cast. I can't get over it. It's not just that he's supremely attractive (although he is). These first two episodes have convinced me sufficiently that he's a competent actor. And he's got a look that let's him play early 20s Jamie and should work well enough for older Jamie as the series moves forward. Plus -- the Gaelic and the accent. Pardon me while I just go swoon all over the damn place.

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This episode gave us our first taste of the torture fueled Jamie backstory. As Claire properly cleans and dresses Jamie's gunshot wound, she can't help but notice the scarred mess of flesh that makes up his back. Must be a bitch to get that scarring applied for the copious number of shirtless scenes Outlander will contain...

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Jamie tells the story of the day evil John Randall dropped by the family farm for a bit of mid-afternoon-rape. John Randall is about as mustache twirling as a villain can get without physically twirling any mustache. He just tries to rape everyone he comes across.

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There's no good explanation for why the redcoats have showed up, but they have, and they're unpleasant, and Jamie tries to keep them away from his sister. Unfortunately, he's outnumbered. And Jenny doesn't help by running toward the house instead of away from it. Come on, Jenny!! It's horror movie 101. Run AWAY from the house. But! Jenny! She looked exactly right. Two thumbs way up.

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Anyway, Jamie fails at freeing Jenny and Randall decides to punish him by stringing him up and flogging him. It's only a little baby flogging though. There's more serious flogging to come. But Jamie would rather be flogged and murdered than have his sister dishonored. Happily and logically, Jenny would rather Jamie live.

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Sam Heughan shirtless Jamie Fraser Outlander Jamie Claire, Jamie Outlander Episode 2 Sam Heughan Jamie Shirtless Jamie gets flogged whipped beaten
Ugh. Those eyes. ^^

So Jamie has this awesomely angsty guilt over his sister's decision to accompany Randall into the house rather than let Jamie die. I feel like one could discuss the gender politics in Outlander until the end of time. I love that Jenny chose to save Jamie. I can't imagine many sisters would chose otherwise. But it calls into question this protector role that Jamie thinks he should be filling. If I had more time and energy, I'd tally up the number of times women save men vs. the number of times men save women. I'd probably also count the number of attempted rapes. Was eighteenth century Scotland really as rapey as Outlander would lead us to believe? Or ... do they just happen to have this one really rapey guy in their lives who skews the data?

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Anyway. After Claire finishes dressing Jamie's wound, she starts thinking about Frank and Jamie comforts her as she weeps over her not-born-yet-husband. It's cute. Until Jamie... reacts? Sheesh. I'll never be a romance writer.

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But then Jamie promises he's not-rapey. Which, you wouldn't think someone would have to make a point of telling you. But in this world, it's better to just put it out there. Not. A. Rapist.

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It's a little more adorable than that. He actually promises she doesn't need to fear him or anyone else while he's around. I don't know about you, but if I wasn't already planning to spend all my time stalking the one attractive male at the castle, the promise about protecting me from the dozens of rapists in our midst would keep me glued to his hip.

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Next day, Claire visits Jamie in the stables while he tells her more backstory stuff. He's wanted for murder. Colum and Dougal are his uncles. Blah blah blah -- he's hot.

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Then the scene that I think really sold me when I was reading the book. Teenage girl, Laoghaire, is brought before Colum by her father. He wants her punished for her loose behavior. Colum decrees she should be lashed. Jamie steps up and offers to take her punishment for her, despite his recent shoulder dislocation and gunshot wound. Jamie, being a dude, can choose to be beaten with fists rather than getting lashed. So punisher-man (what a weird job to have) knocks him about for a bit, including one particularly unsporting punch to the shoulder.

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Claire later tends to Jamie (thank goodness he keeps requiring medical attention) where she learns he basically did it because he's a decent guy. He didn't want Laoghaire to be shamed. It mattered less to him to stand up there and get punched a few times. Awwww.

Overall, this was a very conversation heavy episode. Which I'm fine with. I appreciate that Jamie and Claire aren't instantly in love. She's still thinking about getting back to Frank and Jamie's just living his life whether Claire's around or not. They need to know each other before they can feel anything other than attraction. And talking is how you get there. So - cool. I'm super looking forward to next week. The teaser implied a fairly significant deviation from the novel, but my Outlander buddies and I were speculating it'd be a dream or imagining or something. Any other book readers have any thoughts on that?! It'd be a crazy thing to change... Until then!!

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Angst Initiate: Sam Heughan as Jamie Fraser on Outlander

Me: Helloooo Internet!! I've missed ye greatly.
Internet: Why are you saying "ye" ?!
Me: Because OUTLANDER!!

You guys. You. Guys. I mean it, you guys. Have you watched the premiere of Outlander yet? I can't even. My ability to even has completely vanished. It's been a while since I've felt inspired enough by the angst and awesomeness of a television character to sit down and screen-cap the hell out of a show. But Jamie Freakin Fraser! If you have eyes, or a soul, or a beating heart, you need Outlander in your life. Take my word on this one. San Heughan as Jamie Fraser is perfection.

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If you're unfamiliar with the amazing series of novels by Diana Gabaldon, Outlander tells the tale of Claire Randall, a WWII army nurse who finds herself whisked back in time to the Scottish Highlands circa 1743. There she meets Jamie Fraser, who is basically the best human.

Starting tonight, Starz will be airing sixteen (!!) episodes that cover the first novel. Can I mention how pleased I am that there will be sixteen episodes? Cable shows tend to have seasons in the 10-13 episode range. So score one for you, Starz! The first episode was available online early, and I have to say, I thought it was pretty much perfection.

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The perfection started with the casting. Can we all take a moment and admire Sam Heughan's everything? The hair, the smile, the eyes, the accent, the kilt. It's beyond perfect casting. (Take a drink every time I say something is perfect.) Jamie and Claire's first encounter is one of my favorite sorts of meet-cutes -- the nurse/patient kind. I've talked about my Florence Nightingale syndrome before, and man does this story play into that. Over and over and over and over :D

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Jamie's been injured and Claire, captive though she is at this point, is the only one with any medical training in the room. She can't sit idly by and watch the burley Scottish kidnappers do everything all wrong. So she steps in and puts Jamie's shoulder back into joint for him.

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Then they set off. Jamie covers her with his plaid to keep her warm in the rain, and also doesn't try to rape her, so already he's winning in the chivalry department.

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As they ride along, Claire is able to use her future knowledge to prevent an attack, but this also momentarily separates her from Jamie. (Booooo never leave Jamie).

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He goes after her and threatens to re-kidnap her in the most charming and adorable way possible.

Outlander Episode One Claire and Jamie Sam Heughan Jamie Fraser Outlander Starz Jamie Fraser Caitriona Balfe Claire Randall Jamie and Claire Outlander
Outlander Season One Premiere Sam Heughan Jamie Fraser Outlander Starz Jamie Fraser Caitriona Balfe Claire Randall Jamie and Claire Outlander S01E01
Then, as will turn out to be a pattern, Jamie needs more medical attention. As claire uses strange and foreign words like disinfectant and warm compress, the Scottish brood looks on in confusion. The show does a phenomenal job of bringing the lighter sides of Outlander to life by mixing the societal norms of 1945 and 1743. Who else wants to bring "Jesus H. Roosevelt Christ" back into popular usage?

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By the end of the episode, the group is returning to Castle Leoch where Claire's adventure (and relationship) will really take off.


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I'm so excited about this show. The novel is such a blast to read, and from how beautiful and well done the pilot was, I have very high expectations. Apart from the adonis that is Sam Heughan, the Scottish countryside is breathtakingly shot and the score by Bear McCreary is spine-tinglingly awesome. I'm bummed it's a whole week until episode two, but until then, there are lots of pretty pictures of Jamie and Claire to ogle. Don't miss this one, ya'll. For realz.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

American Horror Story Coven: Incest, Threesomes, and True Love

Well. I wanted angst and American Horror Story delivered. 

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The Kyle storyline started tame enough with Misty and Kyle cuddling in her swamp shack. Misty was rambling on about her one and only topic of conversation, Stevie Nicks, and Kyle was a captive audience. It was all very zen. Misty talked about finding one's tribe which definitely seems to be her THING. I might be going out on a limb here, but Misty should consider joining Fleetwood Mac. Then Zoe came in and Kyle's eyes went straight to her. Aww.

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Misty was actually pretty happy to see Zoe too. She needed someone else around in order to use Kyle for show-and-tell. Misty ripped open his shirt to display what a great job she'd done covering his seams. And she had done a great job. Congratulations, Misty. Your reward is abandonment.

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Kyle doesn't seem super thrilled with Misty's paws all over him. Perhaps he was reminded of someone else's creepster paws. Maybe it's happening off screen, but I still feel like the logical thing to do is to test his cognition somehow. They do a lot of talking at him but they don't seem to pay a ton of attention to his reactions. Also -- kudos to Evan Peters for having reactions without making Kyle un-FrankenKyle.

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Either way, he seems happiest when looking at Zoe. They're all cute and glowy and blonde. And he wants to play with her hair. Again -- missed opportunity, Zoe. I would have played with his hair right back. It's a good thing his face was so undamaged and his hair so un-singed in the big fiery explosion.

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Evan Peters Kyle Spencer Zoe Taissa Farmiga American Horror Story Coven Season 3 AHS The Replacements AHS Season 3 Kyle Zoe Taissa Evan Peters 
Misty really wants them all to stick together and have a big happy three-way. But Zoe has other plans. After a brief meeting with Kyle's mom during which she confessed that she'd been considering suicide, do-gooder Zoe makes the decision that Kyle should be returned to her. Zoe just pawns this boy off on crazy after crazy. Why not keep him for yourself, Zoe?!

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Misty really doesn't want them to leave. But with an angry grunt and swing of his arm, Kyle chooses Zoe over Misty. And Misty is left alone. Again. Is there some reason Misty can't go hang out at the school with the other witches? She's pretty and blonde -- she'd fit RIGHT in. And then she'd have a tribe. And a shower.

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But Zoe doesn't care about Misty. She takes Kyle home and leaves him standing on his mother's front porch. She couldn't even walk him in? Like... come up with a lie, girl! You don't just leave broken boys on front porches. Especially when they clearly prefer you to all other people.

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So Kyle takes a shower and his mother creepily takes note of the fact that he's not actually Kyle from the neck down.

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Then the big reveal: Kyle's mom is... gross. There's incest. Need I say more?

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I did NOT see this one coming. It's angsty, that's for sure. Kyle cries while his mom... well. Just fill in the ellipsis for yourself. Anytime you see ellipsis just think "gross." The interesting thing is that Kyle must understand what's going on to a degree. He wouldn't cry otherwise. So he's in there. I couldn't help but wonder what pre-death Kyle must have really been like. Clearly he had a screwed up home life, and yet he was a saintly frat-boy with southern charm up the wazoo.

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In general, I enjoy the angst that incest causes. I was a big proponent of the Jimmy Darmody freak-show on Boardwalk Empire. But my concern here is that this is actually going to be irrelevant to Kyle's current state. Maybe I'm wrong. Maybe there's some awesome arc to come involving Zoe's inability to have sex without killing and Kyle's presumably damaged psyche. But I think we should all manage our expectations.

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Anyway. Kyle's mom once again freaks out about his not-Kyle body and then she too rips his shirt open. Then he looses it. He's had his shirt ruined for the last time! He screams and bashes her skull in. His one word seems to be "no" which is a good word for him to have full use of. I think that'll be helpful in terms of all the torso exposing ladies in his life.

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Then Zoe stops by for dinner and learns, much to her dismay, that Kyle once again needs a shower.

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And so ends another week of American Horror Story: Mommy Issues. See you next week!

Thursday, October 17, 2013

American Horror Story Coven: Kyle's Boy Parts

American Horror Story: Coven aired its second episode last night. Boy Parts!! Get it? vvv Sorry for the gross out. But  I feel like now we've met the REAL Kyle Spencer. It's the variety of Kyle we'll presumably get for the duration of the season. And ya'll, this set up is pretty freakin' awesome. And by awesome I of course mean angsty.

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DAMN that's a gruesome pic. Before I talk about this week's AHS -- did you see all the delightful stuff Ryan Murphy said in his weekly EW interview? Let me draw your attention to the best bits:

"And I just love that he becomes this monster who is only in love and can protect one person, his creator. So it’s sort of a reverse Dr. Frankenstein."
 "Evan is really killing this part this year. The next episode has an insane Kyle/Evan story. He’s such a great actor, and I love what he does physically. He really has risen to the challenge of the part... The question is: Can he be rehabilitated? Can she help him move towards becoming a man? Or is he always going to be a monster? Or is he going to sort of be a combination of both? In the next episode, he says his first word and then he pretty much stays in that mode for a while."

So. Zoe's going to be the only person he can love/protect. Awwww. I dig that SO hard core. It's like he's this wild animal who is only loyal to Zoe.  RM also mentions that Kyle's mom is in next week's episode. I hope he doesn't kill her... but I kind of hope he kills her because it would be a major angst bomb if he ever regains some pre-death cognition.

But. Enough speculating about the future. This past week, we got to see the witchy blondes build their perfect boyfriend. Apparently perfect means covered in stitches, unable to talk, unpredictably violent, and with a few gaping wounds. Also... the face of Evan Peters. Sounds about right.

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First thing homeboy does when he puts back on his mortal coil is bludgeon a guard to death with his forearm. At least, I'm assuming the guard died. But maybe he was just knocked out and went home naked and confused. He was really only there to deliver his car and clothing anyway.

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Then Zoe and Kyle go for a little drive. I don't know where her intended destination was but she picks a pretty horrible time to freak FrankenKyle out about the fact that he's been brought back from the dead. He starts thrashing and groaning as only an undead monsterish-type can, until boho-swamp-witch Misty Day pops up and starts back seat driving.

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They go over to Misty's house to listen to some chill tuneage and chat about witchcraft. The whole while, Kyle is twitching in his chair in the corner. But -- cutest of cutenesses -- he seems really distressed when Zoe says she has to leave. He literally clings.

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Taissa Farmiga Evan Peters as Kyle Spencer American Horror Story Coven Frankenstein Kyle AHS American Horror Story Coven Season 3 Kyle and Zoe

How many of ya'll went "Awwwww" when Kyle grabbed Zoe's hand like that. I know I did (internally... I was in a room with other people. I didn't want to be judged!) How she resisted the urge to provide hugs and comfort I do not know. But he definitely needs a hug. And an explanation. And they should test out how cognizant he really is. All things I'd have done immediately. But whatevs -- patience is  virtue. Or so I'm told. I shall try to remain virtuous until next week!